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Functioning of contemporary geoecosystem in the region of Petunia Bay (Billefjorden, central Spitsbergen)

Researches in functioning of contemporary polar geoecosystems in the surroundings of Petunia Bay in central Spitsbergen have been initiated by Pozna? University in the 80-ies of the last century. They are continued by a series of scientific expeditions until present. Investigations are covering a wide range of natural environment components of this

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Starts
2008-06-01

Ends
2010-09-30

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  • oceans / coastal processes / sediment transport
  • land surface / geomorphology / glacial landforms/processes
  • cryosphere / frozen ground / periglacial processes
  • land surface / landscape / landscape processes
  • land surface / topography / topographical relief
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Summary

Researches in functioning of contemporary polar geoecosystems in the surroundings of Petunia Bay in central Spitsbergen have been initiated by Pozna? University in the 80-ies of the last century. They are continued by a series of scientific expeditions until present. Investigations are covering a wide range of natural environment components of this part of Spitsbergen, diversified in respect of geology, climate, relief energy and geo-cryology. Research planned for years 2008-2010 are in general continuation of previously performed, including more detailed studies and touching new problems. The main aims are defined as determination of energy flow and matter circulation in the geoecosystem, qualification of morphodynamics of sub-systems relations, their role in processes that are active in the changes of polar environment. This issues are also related to environmental risks, resulting from climatic changes and growing global human impact. Further goals of investigations include: - meteorological and hydrological monitoring - hydrochemical mapping - determination of water balance in glaciated and non-glaciated catchments, including surface and groundwater circulation in conditions of permafrost occurrence and intensive evaporation - determination of denudation rates and denudation balance in studied catchments - premafrost dynamics studies - geomorphological mapping of newly born ice free areas in terms of accelerated decay of glaciers - investigations of the role of talus cones in slopes evolution. Actually existing observations and data bases will be continued to obtain possibly best description of geoecosystems under study.

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